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High School

  • Grayson boys, Galax girls win regional quarters

    Having opened the season by splitting a pair of games against Rural Retreat back in December, Galax showed how far it has progressed Tuesday with a 59-22 win over the Indians in the Region C Division 1 girls’ quarterfinals.

    The Maroon Tide has come a long way, but it has a little farther to go.

    “We’re still quite a way from where we want to be,” Tide coach Yerrick Stoneman said. “If we can get one more win we’ll be a lot closer.”

  • Devils come on late, win in OT

    INDEPENDENCE –– Whichever team survived overtime, neither Grayson County nor Graham was going to be able to call its Region C Division 2 girls’ quarterfinal win a thing of beauty. But this time of year, just getting to the next round is the objective, and adequacy will trump splendor every time.

    “Survive and advance,” Blue Devil coach Tiny Funk said. “[Former Grayson football coach] Bill Strong told me the other day, he said, ‘You can win ugly, or lose pretty. Which would you rather do?’ ”

  • Carroll Co. girls reach semifinals

    HILLSVILLE –– A shooter’s philosophy dictates that if you’re making ‘em, keep shooting. If you’re not making ‘em, keep shooting until you do.

    Right now, Crysta Guynn only has to worry about the first part.

    Riding a hot streak that has extended through the last six quarters, Guynn came off the bench to pour in 20 points Wednesday, helping to lead Carroll County over Magna Vista 59-46 in a Region IV Division 4 quarterfinal game.

  • Maroon Tide boys upset Bears in MED

    BLAND –– Galax plays on.

    The Maroon Tide won its third straight game after a 2-15 start, upsetting No. 4 Bland County 63-62 in a Mountain Empire District boys’ tournament first-round game Monday in Bland.

    The fifth-seeded Maroon Tide advances to Thursday’s semifinals, where it will square off against regular season champion Grayson County at 6:30 p.m. Fort Chiswell and Graham will take the floor in the evening’s second semifinal.

  • Cavaliers settle for second

    MARION –– In each of the first two meetings this year between Carroll County and Richlands, the outcome wasn’t decided until the final shot was in the air.

    In Monday’s regular season playoff, Carroll County’s last shot never did come down. But then, neither did any of the previous 11.

    The Cavaliers were held without a field goal the final 10:22 and were outscored 9-0 the final 3:13 as Richlands won a one-game playoff for the Southwest District regular season girls’ championship at Marion High School.

  • Blue Devils hold off Pioneer rally

    MAX MEADOWS –– The Grayson County girls’ basketball team put up its highest scoring total of the year in Wednesday’s Mountain Empire District semifinals. And the Blue Devils needed every one of their 71 points.

    Holding an eight-point lead with less than a minute to play, the top-seeded Blue Devils held off a late Fort Chiswell rally and survived the upset bid by eliminating the No. 4 Pioneers 71-69 to advance to tonight’s championship game against Galax.

  • Galax advances to MED finals

    MAX MEADOWS –– Galax has earned itself another shot at Grayson County.

    The third-seeded Maroon Tide, which dropped a pair of regular season decisions to its biggest rival by three and four points this year, will get one last crack at the season champion Blue Devils after knocking out second-seed Graham 35-29 Wednesday at Fort Chiswell High School.

  • Falcons upend Cavaliers in SWD finals

    HILLSVILLE –– Abingdon survived a late Carroll County rally and put up 16 points in a frenetic overtime period, upsetting top-seeded Carroll County 75-71 in the Southwest District boys’ tournament championship game Friday night.

    Abingdon (18-6) took a 41-35 lead into the fourth quarter before the Cavaliers (22-2) rallied to tie the game at 59-59 by the end of regulation.

    The Falcons poured in 16 points in the four-minute overtime, more than it had managed in three of the eight-minute regulation periods.

  • Quesenberry, Tide shock Devils

    MAX MEADOWS –– Galax needed to do everything right for 32 minutes to knock off regular season champion Grayson County in the Mountain Empire District semifinals, and the Maroon Tide did just that for all but the final two.

    The Tide made the most of a couple of extra chances to re-do those final 120 seconds.

    Galax won its fourth straight game after starting the season 2-15 and kept its season alive with a 77-76 win Thursday over Grayson County in a thriller that needed two overtimes to decide.

  • Galax run ends one win short

    MAX MEADOWS –– Some-where in Southwest Virginia, a small school basketball team is breathing a huge sigh of relief.

    Entering the postseason as the 10th-rated team in Region C Division 1, Galax was poised to force its way into the six-team playoff field as an automatic qualifier by virtue of a district tournament championship. Had the Maroon Tide been able to pull it off, it would have opened regionals as the No. 2 seed and knocked the current No. 6 team out of the playoffs in the process. As it stands, Galax will be left out completely.